Quote of the day: “Democratic Cubans have been thoroughly betrayed.”

Hunger-striker Guillermo Farinas taken to hospital

From dissident and ex-prisoner Guillermo Fariñas Hernández , psychologist, winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in 2010, survivor of 23 hunger strikes.

Quote from Cubanet:

“Obama has been inconsiderate with our civil society, which confronts a tyrannical government. In Miami, in November of 2013, Barack Obama promised me and Bertha Soler that he would consult our civil society and all non-violent dissidents before taking any actions regarding Cuba. Obviously, this has not happened, and what did happen is all too real: democratic Cubans were not at all taken into account.”

“Democratic Cubans  have been thoroughly betrayed.  We need to adapt to this new environment, which means that we must ask the United States government to consider the demands that should accompany all negotiations, in order to avoid collusion with the communist dictatorship that rules our island. If the government of the United States listens to us, then I believe that we can hope that it won’t carry out other maneuvers that help a drowning government and are in complicity with it.”

In Castellano:

“Obama ha sido desconsiderado con la sociedad civil que se enfrenta al gobierno tiránico. En Miami, en noviembre del 2013, Barak Obama nos prometió a Bertha Soler y a mí, que toda acción que el fuera hacer respecto a Cuba iba a ser consultadas con la sociedad civil y con la oposición no violenta. Obviamente esto no ocurrió, ya éstos son hechos, son realidades, no se tuvieron en cuenta a los demócratas cubanos”.

“Se ha consumado la traición a los demócratas cubanos. Debemos adaptarnos a los nuevos escenarios, significa que debemos pedirle al gobierno norteamericano que tenga en cuenta las exigencias que deban llevar esas negociaciones, para evitar un contubernio con la dictadura comunista de la Isla. Si el gobierno de los Estados Unidos nos escucha creo que podemos esperar que no sea una maniobra más para la complicidad y ayuda a un régimen ahogado.”

Barack Obama laughs at comedian Jimmy Kimmel